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Carol and Jerry Baskin
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0225

Family Scientific Name: Poaceae
Family Common Name: Grass family
Scientific Name: Panicum obtusum HBK
Common Name: Mesquite switchgrass
Species Code: PANOBT
General Distribution: P. obtusatum is found from Missouri to Colorado and south into Mexico.
Propagation Goal: Plants
Propagation Method: Seed
Product Type: Container (plug)
Propagule Processing: Seeds are non dormant.
Pre-Planting Treatments: Germination occurs at 35D/20N C alternating temperature cycle.
Pretreatment with potassium nitrate resulted in 56% germination.
References: Ashby, W. C. and Hellmers, H. (1955). Temperature requirements for germination in relation to wild-land seeding. J. Range Manage. 8, 80-83.
Toole, V. K. (1940). Germination of seeds of vine-mesquite, Panicum obtusum, and plains bristle-grass, Setaria macrostachya. Agron. J. 32, 503-512.
Table 10.25 In: Baskin, C.J. and Baskin, J.M. Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography and Evolution in Dormancy and Germination, Academic Press, 1998. Chapter 10: A Geographical Perspective on Germination Ecology: Temperate and Arctic Zones, pages 331 to 458.

Baskin, Carol C.; Baskin, Jerry M. 2002. Propagation protocol for production of container Panicum obtusum HBK plants; University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. In: Native Plant Network. URL: http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org (accessed 30 August 2015). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.